Post Road Magazine #14

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Eat, Memory by Irina Reyn

The first solid food my mother remembers me eating is a book. My first years were spent in a Soviet communal apartment with ten other families; to keep me docile and palatable to our temperamental neighbors, my mother took to plopping me on the couch with a children’s book. I would sit there for hours, as she tells it, gnawing on its edges until the book would have to be flipped, a new corner begun....

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